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Fun Home

Fun Home
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Alison Bechdel
Adapted by: Lisa Kron
Music by: Jeanine Tesori
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 78
Pub. Date: 2015
ISBN-10: 0573704570
ISBN-13: 9780573704574
Cast Size: 2 women, 4 men, 2 boys, 1 girl

About the Play:

Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical

Fun Home is a full-length musical drama with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori. After her father dies unexpectedly, Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. A musical based on the acclaimed autobiographical graphic novel by Alison Bechdel.

Fun Home is a poignant musical adaptation of a graphic memoir by cartoonist Alison Bechdel, exploring sexual identity amid complicated family constraints and relationships. It depicts Alison as a child, adolescent, and adult, charting her process of coming out and her troubled relationship with her father. Alison's father was many things: a historical preservationist, a funeral home director, a distant parent, and… a closeted gay man. In the struggle to understand her father Alison finds herself unable to move forward without looking back. Moving between past and present, Alison relives memories of her unique childhood playing at the family's Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father's hidden desires and sudden death. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Fun Home premiered in 2012 off-Broadway at The Public Theater in New York City to positive reviews. It opened on Broadway in 2015 at the Circle in the Square Theatre and was awarded the Tony Award for Best Musical. The play enjoyed widespread acceptance among leading regional theatres, and has been mounted by colleges and community theaters.

Cast: 2 female, 4 male, 2 boys, 1 girl

What people say:

"A rare beauty, extraordinary and heart-gripping." — The New York Times

"The best musical of the season." — New York Magazine

"Few shows are as moving, relatable, and funny." — Associated Press

"The Best Broadway Musical in years, with the finest score in a decade." — Huffington Post

"Exquisite. An emotional powerhouse." — Chicago Tribune

"Fun Home has enormous intelligence and sensitivity. It's not your ordinary Broadway musical, because it is extraordinary." — Time Out New York

About the Playwright:

Lisa Kron is an American actress and playwright whose work has been widely produced in New York, regionally, and internationally. She is best known for writing the Lyrics and Book to the musical Fun Home the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical.

Jeanine Tesori is an American composer and musical arranger who has written a diverse catalog for Broadway, Opera, film and television. She is the most prolific and honoured female theatrical composer in history, with five Broadway musicals and five Tony Award nominations. She won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Original Score for Fun Home (shared with Lisa Kron), making them the first female writing team to win that award.